January 30, 2019
Writer: J.D. Packer
Creating something can be explained in five simple steps, according to Brother David Saunders. Understanding how to create can be one of the most fulfilling processes in this human life.
Saunders is a professor at BYU-Idaho and has been working in the Engineering and Technology Department for the past 30 plus years. In a BYU-Idaho devotional address, Saunders presented the idea that we can relate to God by learning how to create, we learn what the why is in life.
“What’s the why? For me it is love, pure love,” Saunders said. “Our Heavenly parents, our Savior, and the Holy Ghost love us and believe we can make it. Because They love us, They have thus given you and me the tools to succeed. We know God is committed to the plan and we must be too.”
In Saunders’s interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, he spoke about how we can relate to our Heavenly Father when we learn how to create and design.
“There is a lot of similar steps from the design,” he said “We know that Heavenly Father’s design was perfect. His plan was perfect. We just need to align our thoughts in that same mindset in that we can just have faith in his plan and it will lead us to the end and we will get the results we want.”
Saunders gave a breakdown of what it takes to create something in five simple steps. The steps include design, the selection of materials, processing the plan, coping with failures and assembling the final product.
“I am hoping all students can relate to that desire, whatever their degree, they probably enjoy creating,”Saunders said. “I think they can relate that aspect and that creative nature to what we are doing on campus and how it implies to the greater plan we are all in. I can’t imagine how much our Heavenly Father enjoys creating.”
In Saunders’s Tuesday devotional address, he stressed to students that the plan Heavenly Father has for us is perfect and that it’s the perfect design.
“There is no reason for us to second guess or question the plan, it is perfect,”he said. “We chose it, loved it, and loved our Savior for allowing us the chance to become like our Father. I can only imagine the depth of our love for our Savior at the moment he said ‘Here am I, send me.’”